Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley - PROGRAM LAUNCH

The Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley will return this October with a bold program of runways, lunches, masterclasses and retail activations.

Showcasing innovative South Australian design and style, the Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) will run from October 17-21, 2018.

This year the schedule includes an expanded showcase of South Australian contemporary ready-to-wear designers, a bridal-focused couture runway, an ethical and sustainablefashion presentation bringing new life to vintage and ‘dead stock’ and TAFE SA designsjoining the night program.

There will be several brands making their AFF debut – and bringing new genres of apparel into the mix – including Ryderwear athleisure, menswear brands Romp Squad and Vacay Swimwear, Rogers Underwear, Atelier Milano, Georgy Collection, Harvey the Label and Mimi-Jane Millinery.

Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the South Australian fashion industry showcases superior craftsmanship, bold vision and innovation whilst creating local jobs.

“Whenever South Australian designs are seen on celebrities, runways or in showrooms overseas and interstate it drives our brand as a creative hub and presents further exciting economic growth opportunities,” Minister Ridgway said.

AFF creative director Chris Kontos said it was an exciting program that would entertain all demographics.

“AFF is always proud to introduce new designers and events to keep the festival fresh andrepresentative of what’s happening in the industry right now,” he said.

“Many of our favourite brands will also return to the runway, and we’ve still got somesurprises in store.

“This year Couture Culture will have a bridal focus which is super exciting and will show the true talent and vision of our local designers who are known for their bespoke work.

“And SLOW Saturday’s fashion show and lunch is a revelation. Vogue Australia have a dedicated sustainability editor showing how important this issue is, so we are proud to be leading the conversation about vintage and leftover stock, sustainability and ethical choices right here in Adelaide.”

Adored and internationally revered couture brand Paolo Sebastian will open AFF for the first time in a spectacular collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Showcasing the

autumn/winter 2018-19 couture collection, The Nutcracker, that was recently launched in Paris, the ASO will perform the well-loved Tchaikovsky score live on the runway.

Following an incredibly successful debut in 2017, Vogue Festival presented by VogueAustralia will return to Adelaide during AFF, bringing two days of high-energy retail activityto Rundle Mall, Rundle Street and the city’s East End on October 19 and 20. Last year the popular precinct recorded $45 million in sales – a 21 per cent increase on usual activity –and 230,000 visitors over the two days.

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said Adelaide had demonstrated its commitment to the fashion, creative and retail industries.

“Adelaide is a city that continues to surprise and inspire in the fashion world – and theVogue team has noticed more Adelaide-born brands, models and ideas grabbing global attention than ever before. We’re looking forward to our second Vogue Festival,” she said.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley program will be live from 7pm on Tuesday 7 August.

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Inside a chic summer Aspen party

Called Wine Crush and hosted at Amy and John Phelan’s house, the evening centred itself around Preview Crush at the Baldwin Gallery and Casterline Goodman to show off the live auction items. While Australia is in the middle of the big chill, the northern hemisphere is celebrating their warmer months therefore the dress code was appropriately floral: think greenhouse chic.

Heidi Zuckerman and Amy Phelan

Anna Hansen and Lance Armstrong

Paul Pariser and Erin Leider-Pariser

Amnan Rodan and Katie Rodan

In the lead up to ArtCrush, the three days of events included a conversation between Rashid Johnson and the AAM’s Nancy and Bob Magoon, CEO and director Heidi Zuckerman and a special edition of the AAM’s Summer Lecture Series.

Sarah Arison

Rashid Johnson and Heidi Zuckerman

Barnaby Furnas, Kelly Woods, Richard Phillips and Chris Stone

Lance Armstrong and Nancy Magoon

Peter Stelljes, Heidi Zuckerman, Dustin Yellin, Lance Armstrong and Jordan Goodman

ArtCrush is long-established as one of the international contemporary art world’s most important summer gatherings and the AAM’s most vital yearly fundraiser—attended annually by more than six hundred of the most influential art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, and business leaders, whose support provides a significant portion of funding for the AAM’s year-round curatorial and educational programming.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Allbirds shoes

Just announced, Leonardo DiCaprio has proudly invested in sustainable footwear company, Allbirds!

“Creating sustainable consumer products requires a deep commitment from brands that understand the role they have in helping solve our environmental crisis,” DiCaprio said in an exclusive statement to People.

“Allbirds is on the forefront of developing new materials that will serve as a model for the footwear industry. This kind of innovation is crucial for creating a more sustainable future. I am proud to join the company as an investor.”

DiCaprio’s backing comes alongside the exciting unveiling of Allbirds’ most sustainable innovation yet, SweetFoam™ an eco-friendly sole unveiled on the label’s debut thongs, Sugar Zeffers.

Years in the making, SweetFoam™ is the world’s first green-EVA foam (harmful plastic EVA is commonly used in footwear). Made from renewable sugarcane the material is a sustainable pioneer in the footwear industry.

Source: Allbirds

Kardashian - Jenner Sisters Lead Calvin Klein Global Campaign

WHO:  The multi-media campaign stars Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

WHAT:  The CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR & CALVIN KLEIN JEANS Fall 2018 global advertising campaign, conceived in partnership with Lloyd & Co., was shot by photographer Willy Vanderperre and videographer Shane Sigler.

The campaign, featuring black & white imagery, will debut globally across digital, in-store and out of home channels beginning August 1st.

The second installment of the siblings’ CALVIN KLEIN campaign continues the journey of the globally recognized #MYCALVINS movement. The audience is encouraged to participate by demonstrating what family means to them, using Join Our Family #MYCALVINS on social media, as well as uploading images to the live gallery at

WHEN/WHERE:  Shot on location in Thousand Oaks, California in March, 2018

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Inside the Prada pre-fall collection party

Nothing better than getting a sneak peek of what exquisite Italian label, Prada, have in store for fashion fans this season.

The Prada Westfield Sydney store was buzzing with a chic group of cool clients

Guests enjoyed a seriously lively party with music by DJs Flex Mami and a headlining set by Nina Las Vegas. A dance floor formed in the store with guests danced until the event commenced at 11pm. Surrounded by Prada delicacies? The perfect backdrop, I say.

Guests were served champagne on arrival with four specialty cocktails served up by This Must Be The Place. Guests were also treated to a tequila tasting bar.

Yup. One of the best fashion parties Sydney had seen for a long time.

By Melissa Hoyer